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By Dennis Hoffman

ISBN-10: 0764585614

ISBN-13: 9780764585616

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This group includes such crimes as murder, rape, robbery, and burglary. Crimes versus torts A crime, or public wrong, is to be distinguished from a tort, or private wrong. Actually, the same act may be both a crime and a tort. For example, O. J. Simpson’s alleged killings of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman included the torts of assault, battery, and wrongful death. Simpson’s alleged acts gave rise to both a criminal prosecution (seeking punishment) and a civil suit for damages. State and federal crimes A notable difference between state and federal crimes is that federal crimes usually include a jurisdictional element.

Michael Hallett and Dennis Palumbo, criminal justice scholars, discovered that many big and powerful interest groups get involved in legislative lobbying at the federal level. S. Chamber of Commerce have the most influence at this level. Some single-issue groups, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), also exercise political clout on certain issues. At the state level, Hallett and Palumbo point out, criminal justice policy is made by small numbers of influential state legislators, administrators of criminal justice agencies, and representatives of criminal justice professionals.

Some single-issue groups, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), also exercise political clout on certain issues. At the state level, Hallett and Palumbo point out, criminal justice policy is made by small numbers of influential state legislators, administrators of criminal justice agencies, and representatives of criminal justice professionals. Interest groups having the most influence are those representing police and prosecutors. S. S. Supreme Court, than they do over legislation. Representatives of disadvantaged groups influence court decisions by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in cases.

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